California is still deep in the pandemic, with our healthcare system working overtime to serve patients. But even though Californians, businesses and healthcare workers are struggling to survive, Capitol Democrats are rushing ahead with a complete takeover of the healthcare system. ours.
Their proposal, Congressional Bill 1400, introduced by Representative Ash Kalra, a Democrat from San Jose, would compel all Californians to participate in an unfinished state-run program challenges managed by officials who are not responsible.
Democrats have pushed for government-run health care in the past without success – in part because of sky-high prices. Estimates put the cost back then at $330 billion to $400 billion annually. In perspective, Governor Gavin Newsom’s entire proposed budget for this year is $286 billion.
So how are we going to pay for their proposal around this time?
Details are still hazy, but there are two main sources of revenue that Democrats are eyeing — tapping into federal health care payments, including Medicare, and massive tax increases.
The proposal would require California to seek an exemption to redirect federal health care spending into a state-run plan. That means beneficiaries of federal programs like Medicare will see their funding used to provide services to everyone in California – even those who have never paid into the system. system.
The Democrats’ funding bill, Congress’s 11th Constitutional Amendment, is estimated to raise taxes by as much as $163 billion, including raising taxes on small businesses and middle-class workers. And because ACA 11 provides an exemption from Proposition 13’s requirement that the new taxes pass with a two-thirds vote in the Legislature, if the new plan runs short of money, Democrats will have a blank check to raise taxes with a simple majority vote.
Californians are struggling with the cost of living here – the state ranks as one of the highest in the country – and new middle-class taxes will push more families out of the state, leaves fewer taxpayers to fund our growing list of programs. .
For those who stay, the program will force all Californians to be covered by lower-quality, government-run coverage. That means no more private insurance, no matter how you like your plan. You’ll also likely see proportional care and longer waiting times for intensive care – as in other socialized medicine countries, such as Canada and the United Kingdom. Brother
To preview how the Democratic plan will work, we can look at the state’s existing government-run insurance plan – Medi-Cal. The program was supposed to care for low-income residents, but it performed so poorly that it was nearly impossible to get an appointment. Chronic underfunding means few doctors are willing to participate, forcing many patients to use emergency rooms for routine care.
Finally, should we really hand over our health care system to public officials? Nearly every major project California tries has been a disaster – High-speed rail has tripled in cost and is a decade behind schedule. Our multi-billion dollar accounting system upgrade has put the state’s credit rating at risk. The Employment Development Department handed out billions of dollars to scammers while needy Californians waited for months. And don’t get me started with the DMV.
Despite this long record of defeat, Democrats can be confident that the government’s takeover of more than 10% of the state’s economy will happen without a hitch.
If you believe it, I’ve got a bridge to sell you.
We need less government in healthcare – not more. Instead, open up the free market, reduce arbitrary regulations, reduce costs, and emphasize transparency and accountability for better patient outcomes.
Californians depend on their health care, and if there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that the current system needs fixing. But the Democrats’ plan to eliminate competition and put government in charge is not the answer. Especially in the midst of a pandemic and affordability crisis, we cannot afford a costly experiment in government control.
Marie Waldron, a Republican from Escondido, represents the 75th Convention District. She is the Republican leader of the Council. Waldron is a member of the Council’s Health Committee and select committees on Access to Health Care in Rural Communities, Biotechnology and Infectious Diseases. She wrote this commentary for CalMatters.
https://www.sbsun.com/2022/01/20/california-cant-afford-a-costly-experiment-in-health-care/ California can’t afford a costly experiment in healthcare – San Bernardino Sun